Award Plaques

What are award plaques?

Award plaques is a catch-all term for recognition awards, trophies, plaques and certificates. 

Award plaques are always personalized to say thank you or to recognize an exceptional achievement. Award plaques are usually wall mounted for high visibility, though there are also desktop award plaques. 

What are award plaques made of?

Award plaques are made from a variety of materials that include crystal, glass, wood, metal, stone and acrylic. Crystal and glass award plaques help convey importance and value. Eco-friendly award plaques are often made from salvaged wood or recycled glass and can be helpful for conveying authenticity.

What do you say on an award plaque?

Custom award plaques are tools to communicate your personalized message of appreciation, so they can say anything you like. If you’re looking for some guidelines, here are 5 key things to consider:

  1. Who is being recognized and appreciated?
    Be sure to include their name, and if appropriate, their title 

  2. What are they being recognized and appreciated for?
    This might be an event, an achievement or a special milestone

  3. Why are they being recognized?
    Describe the qualities or efforts that make them special

  4. When is the recognition for?
    Include a date or time frame to add context

  5. Where is the recognition coming from? An organization, a person, or a sponsor?
    Add a logo or mention the organization’s name

Below are examples of various custom award plaques that we've made. 

How much do award plaques cost?

Award plaques cost between $60 to $250 each, with options at every price point. Cost is mostly determined by size, shape, and material they’re made of. Eclipse Awards offers award plaques at fixed, all-in prices that include design, artwork proofs, personalization and engraving. With no setup charges or hidden fees, you can order with confidence knowing the price you see is the price you will pay! 

Pro tip! Ordering “off-the-shelf” from our catalog is the fastest and most cost effective way to produce personalized award plaques because much of the design has already been done. We simply create custom artwork for you and then sandblast engrave it to produce beautiful award plaques, branded and personalized exactly as you wish. 

Custom award plaques with uniquely designed shapes and sizes can be produced upon request. For fully customized award plaques, other factors that may affect cost are: 

  • number of award plaques needed

  • shape, size and color requirements

  • type of marking used for personalization (sandblast engraving or UV printing)

  • the style of presentation box, if needed

  • your budget and the lead time you have available 

As well, consider these points before ordering fully customized award plaques:

  • Some companies may charge a design fee to design your custom award, so that is important to clarify before your project gets underway. 

  • Developing new custom designs may require investing in molds and/or prototypes to ensure the final pieces will be stable and well balanced, which can add to the overall cost and timeline. 

  • Your custom award plaques will be one of a kind, so you may want to order a few extra pieces to have on hand, in case you ever need more on short notice. 

We can produce awesome award plaques for you without breaking the bank, as long as you can have some flexibility in your vision. 

Ready to make your award plaques a reality? Browse our catalog of award plaques, choose your favorites, then let’s get your project underway!

Note: we apply Canadian taxes on any awards shipped within Canada (based on the province of delivery), however we do not apply any taxes on orders shipped directly to the US or Internationally.

How to order award plaques

Consider these points when preparing to order award plaques from an online supplier:

  1. How many award plaques will you be presenting?

    1. Will they all be the same size and style?

    2. Different levels of recognition may require different award plaques

  2. When would you like your award plaques delivered by? 

    1. Supplier timelines can vary, so try to plan ahead to keep costs low. Our lead time is 10 business days, which means if you order before 10am PST on Monday, your completed order will be delivered by end of day the following Friday. The more time you can provide however, the better. 

  3. What to include on your award plaques?

    1. If you have personalization details and logo files ready, include them when placing your order. 

    2. You can also place your order without personalization details or logo files and our team will help you craft the perfect message and graphics!

    3. For design and wording ideas for your awards plaques, download our free Award Plaque Design Guide pdf

Ordering personalized award plaques from Eclipse Awards is as easy as gathering a few details and then selecting the piece that you’d like to personalize. There are 3 ways to place your order:

  1. Web: visit to place your order. Select the award plaques you want to personalize and let us know when you need them by. You can add your personalization details during the checkout process, or add them at a later time. 

  1. Email:  your order details to Send us what you have ready and available, then your dedicated service representative will follow up to gather any remaining personalization details. 

  1. Phone: call us at 888-294-7121 with your order details and speak to real people who are here to help you. 

However you choose to order from us, the first thing you will see is an email order confirmation that summarizes your order and timeline. Then we begin a design process to create the custom artwork for your award plaques, which we email you as a digital artwork proof (pdf). 

Once you review your artwork proof, you can either approve it if everything looks good, or request changes. You can request unlimited design revisions at no charge, until you approve the artwork proof. We cannot start engraving your order until you have approved your artwork. 

Once you have approved your artwork, no further changes are possible because we start production immediately. We then engrave your award plaques, clean them, inspect them, then safely pack them for shipping. We let you know once your order has shipped out. 

Throughout the whole order process, we keep you in the loop with a series of email order updates that let you know where we are in the whole process. Of course you’re always free to check in on the status of your order anytime!

Pro Tip - you can order your award plaques before you have the wording and personalization details finalized. Our team will help you craft the perfect message and design for your award plaques!


Where to order award plaques online?

Today it’s possible to order personalized award plaques from an online supplier like It doesn’t matter if you’re in Tokyo, Dallas, Miami, Edmonton, Seattle, or Burnaby, online trophy shops offer a web catalog of glass and crystal award plaques that can be ordered from the comfort of your desk, designed, personalized, and delivered anywhere in the world, all within 2 weeks. 

*Pro-tip When ordering award plaques online, choose a supplier that does all of their sandblast and laser engraving in-house. This usually means better quality control and faster lead time. 


Choosing an award plaque supplier

  1. How long have you been in business?

    A couple of years may mean the company is eager, yet inexperienced. 10 years or more and you know they are probably pretty great at what they do to have survived that long. 

  2. Do you produce your plaques and awards in-house?
    Some companies outsource all design and production. Others do design and production in-house, which typically means better quality control.

  3. Do you have any setup charges or personalization charges?
    Be aware of any hidden fees, charges per letter/word, and add on-costs

  4. What guarantees do you provide?
    Safe and on-time delivery are important. So is quality and workmanship.

  5. Do you provide artwork proofs with every order?

    Some companies don’t provide artwork proofs, or they may charge for them. Some may charge you to make design changes or updates.

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When to present award plaques?

Consider presenting award plaques whenever you want to mark a very special occasion, accomplishment, or milestone. Using award plaques at your event helps to capture people’s attention and conveys a sense that something special and important is happening, which in turn amplifies the intended message of recognition and appreciation.

Consider presenting personalized award plaques for any of the following occasions or programs:

  • Employee recognition awards

  • Certifications programs

  • Top sales awards

  • Safety awards

  • Volunteer awards

  • Donor recognition 

  • Exemplary leadership

  • Corporate product launch

  • Board gifts

  • Marking special milestones

  • Teamwork awards

  • Retirement gifts

  • Association awards & membership

  • Real estate transactions

  • Attaining fundraising goals

  • Years of service awards

Because of their versatility, crystal and wood award plaques can be personalized for virtually any event, accomplishment, or occasion. If you have any award plaque design ideas you’d like to explore, get in touch, we’re happy to help!


Award Plaques by Eclipse Awards - What Sets Us Apart?

Since day one, Eclipse Awards has specialized in making crystal and wood award plaques. Over the past 20 years we’ve created tens of thousands of customized and personalized award plaques that people absolutely love! Our designers know how to make brilliant award plaques, and our team of experienced artisans includes masterful sandcarvers who are skilled at bringing them to life. We deliver value by curating a collection of timeless and popular award plaque styles that can be branded for your organization and individually personalized for each recipient. We only offer award plaque designs that are popular and proven. You can order from us with confidence, knowing that your award plaques will be made to the highest standards, with care and attention to detail that makes each one a treasure to last a lifetime.